Annual one-act playwriting competition is now open

The 2021 competition winners, EMBERS, cast Maria Karambelas, Helen Smith, AJ Wildey, Candice Wilson and Tara Long (seated).

The Noosa Arts Theatre’s 46th annual One-Act Playwriting Competition is now open for entries, with more than $8000 in prize money to be won.

The competition attracts entries from playwrights across Australia, New Zealand, the UK, USA, and other countries.

This playwriting competition offers a unique opportunity for the three finalist playwrights to see their new work performed on stage at the Noosa Arts Theatre during the One-Act Play Festival.

Scripts are judged anonymously by a local panel to prepare a shortlist, and the shortlisted scripts are sent to a professional panel of three industry experts.

During the festival, the audience is asked at each performance to vote for the Nancy Cato Audience Choice Award, where the winner will take home a cash prize donated by the family of the late Nancy Cato.

The winner of The Eleanor Nimmo Prize for Best Play will take home $5000, second place $2000, and third place $1000.

Closing date is 1 October.

The three finalists’ plays will be performed in 2023 at the Noosa Arts Playwriting Festival.

See the new rules of entry on Noosa Arts Theatre website at

For more information, email or phone 5449 9343.